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"Freer" or "more free"?
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Who will help me?

Today,I saw this sentence:"He began to feel that he was more free than ever before in his life."

"free" is a one syllable word. Why is "more free" used instead of "freer"?

Thanks for any help.

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There's no prohibition against using "more" with one-syllable adjectives in comparisons. It's just rarer than the -er form. The choice depends on the writer's stylistic preference.

Marilyn Martin
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It is not against the rule to say "more red" instead of "redder", "more long" instead of "longer"?

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It's not "against the rule," because there is no across-the-board rule against such usage. In the case of "long" it would be very rare indeed to find the "more" comparative. With "red," you will find "redder" and, occasionally, "more red."

It depends on the word involved as well as on the speaker's or writer's choice. A good way to find out about the frequency of such collocations is to do a Google search for each version.

Marilyn Martin
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